Congress on Sunday took a swipe on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his reported jibe at UPA'S MNREGA scheme, saying the welfare scheme fell prey to corruption in Gujarat during his tenure as Chief Minister, and the party will raise the issue in the Rajya Sabha.
The Prime Minister's attack on the Opposition on the failure of MNREGA scheme on Friday did not go down well with the Congress which hit back saying Gujarat remained a poor state even when Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister.
Senior BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal on Sunday alleged that Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was misleading people over the release of MNREGA funds and said the Centre has released all the money to the state.
The Centre is finding out the reasons for the delay in payment of MNREGA wages after a Rural Development Ministry data showed that only 28.62 per cent wages have been paid on time under the scheme so far this financial year.
The bill on amending the MNREGA will be taken up in Lok Sabha on Thursday, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said on Wednesday after the opposition complained that discussion on the issue was getting postponed.
Accusing the Centre of not paying daily wages to labourers in Uttar Pradesh under MNREGA, a Congress member on Thursday demanded a probe into the issue and responsibility be fixed against those responsible for the delay.
Targeting the government over its reported move to bring changes in MNREGA, Opposition in Rajya Sabha on Thursday said that it seems to be trying to wind up the ambitious rural job guarantee scheme launched by the UPA.